Things To Do In Dharamshala

Dharamsala is located in the district of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. The colossal snow-dressed peaks of Dhauladhar Range overlook Dharamsala at all times. Dharamshala is also home to several temples, with the two most famous among them being the Chamunda Devi Temple and Kunal Pathri Temple. Of these, Chamunda Devi Temple has located about 15 km from the main city of Dharamsala.

There are plenty of things to experience in and around Dharamshala.

Visit to Mcleodganj
Dharamshala owes its charm and character to the allure spun by the Mcleodganj. Dominated by the Tibetan community, the suburb at an elevation of 2,082 m is also referred to as mini Lhasa. The main street of Mcleodganj is sprinkled with Tibetan craft shops and amazing eateries serving fresh and savoury dishes cooked with a tinge of Tibetan cooking flavours. Major section of the market is centered around the Tsuglag Khang Temple, bestowing good wishes on residents and tourists.

Trip to Dharamkot
Uphill from Mcleodganj, the scenic views get wider with rising elevation. Dharamkot is home to many foreigners and life in this small village is influenced by western lifestyles. This village is also the base for a trek to Triund, a scenic pasture land higher up in the mountain range.

Relax at Bhagsunag Falls
For those who visit the Bhagsunag Temple near Mcleodganj, an uphill walk to Bhagsunag Falls is a good place to unwind. This natural waterfall draws pilgrims and tourists to enjoy its sheer allure. The best time to be at the waterfall is in the rainy season from July to September when the stream is in full flow.

Walk to St. John Church in the Wilderness
A relic of the British Raj, the St. John Church in the Wilderness was constructed in 1852 and is set in a forest at Forsythg Ganj. Built in the neo-Gothic architecture style, much of the structure survived a devastating earthquake in 1905 which flattened most building in Kangra valley. Within its compound lies buried Lord Elgin, a Viceroy from 1862-63. The church has some fine Belgian stained glass windows.

Enjoy talent at Kangra Art Museum
At Kotwali Bazar is the Kangra Art Museum, a treasure of art and history about Kangra valley and Tibetan culture. On display are more than 1500 artefacts and crafts, some dating back to the 5th century AD. It also has a fine collection of miniature paintings. There are sculptures, pottery and anthropological items curated with care on display here.

Visit to the War Memorial
Set amidst a beautiful pine forests with well laid out gardens at the gateway to Dharamshala is the War Memorial that pays tribute to the known and unknown soldier who have died in service of the nation.

Enjoy the vivid colours at Norbulingka Institute
Streams running through well maintained Japanese styled gardens, birds fluttering about in trees and the vibrant Tibetan architecture of Norbulingka Institute does catch a visitors fancy.
The institute was founded in 1995 by Kelsang and Kim Yeshi to preserve the Tibetan arts, crafts and culture. Norbulingka Institute at Sidhpur is 7 km from Dharamshala.

Trekking in  Dharamshala

Trekking in Dharamshala is one of the best and popular  things to do in Dharamshala. One can trek from Mcleodganj to Triund, which is a  very short and modest trek. There are also a number of institute that provide  training as well as tools and facilities for trekking.

Paragliding in  Dharamshala

Paragliding has become a  significant adventure sport in the area. It is a beautiful opportunity for  adventure lovers to fly like birds, surrounded by the gorgeous mountain ranges  and the tea gardens under the clear blue skies. Indrunag and Bir Billing are  two of the most popular spots for paragliding in Dharamshala.

Sightseeing in Dharamshala

Sightseeing is one of the  best things to do in Dharamshala. While fragrant tea gardens will soothe your  soul, colourful monasteries like Namgyal will soothe the mind.

Shopping in Dharamshala

Shopping is one of the  people’s favourite things to do in Dharamshala. You’ll come across accessories  made of different stones, woollens that are knit right in front of you,  colourful prayer flags, and handicrafts that speak volumes about the Tibetan  and Indian cultures.

Camping in Dharamshala

Dharamshala is a paradise for  those who loves camping in the mountain. Doesn’t if you’ve never went camping  before, Dharamshala is the perfect place for you to start

Cycling in Dharamshala

Cycling/ mountain biking is  one of the best things to do in Dharamshala for someone who loves exploring at  their own pace. Most of the roads here are well-maintained, and since the  network issues are almost negligible, you can also rely on GPS to find the best  routes around the town.   

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